The Edmonton Oilers have shipped one of their players off to a rival organization, and this may mark the end of his time with the Oilers.
According to a report from Oilers insider David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, the Oilers have sent 30-year-old veteran defenseman Mark Fayne to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.
Of course the Thunderbirds are not the Oilers' AHL affiliate but instead belong to the Florida Panthers organization, this leads many to believe that Fayne will never play for the Oilers again.
Fayne carries a heavy cap hit for a player that has been largely relegated to the AHL, $3,625,000 per season, although he is in the final year of this current $14.5 million dollar contract.
It seems likely that Fayne will play out the final season of term on his deal as a member of the Thunderbirds and will not be re-signed by the Oilers in the summer.
Fayne has played just 6 games this season due to injury, all with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. In those 6 games he has no goals and 1 assists and a plus minus rating of 0.